WORLD TRAVEL NEWS ARTICLE
Denmark is made up of the peninsula of Jutland and 400 named islands; of these, 82 are inhabited. It also governs The Faroe Islands and Greenland.
The sea has historically been the backbone of the Danish economy and today it still has a large fishing industry, and possesses a considerable merchant fleet. On the manufacturing side, Denmark’s main areas of activity include food products, chemicals, machinery, metal products, electronic equipment, beer, paper and wood products. Tourism now plays an important part in the economy.
From the 8th and 11th centuries, Danes together with Norwegians and Swedes were known as the Vikings. They raided, colonized and traded all over Europe.
Today, Denmark is a constitutional monarchy. There is a single-chamber parliament (Folketing) which has 179 elected members.
The Little Mermaid - she returns from her Japanese holiday in December 2010
Two of the most famous Danes are the children’s fairy tale writer Hans Christian Andersen and author Karen Blixen.
Following is a selection of the major tourist cities and towns within Denmark, together with their particular attractions and other useful information to make your visit more enjoyable.
There is an energetic pulse to the vibrant city of Århus. With a student population of more than 40,000, Århus is Denmark's youngest city - and has its sights set firmly on the future. At the same time, however, it keeps the past very much alive, with the oldest quarters being some of the most atmospheric, bustling and trendsetting in the city. www.visitaarhus.com
The Old Town Open Air Museum
The Old Town is a five-star heritage museum comprising 75 historical buildings, gardens, exhibitions, houses, shops and workshops that ranks among the best of its kind in the world. The museum provides a living, breathing experience of what it was like to live and work in a Danish market town in days of old. Experience the life of a bygone era in provincial Denmark from the days of Hans Christian Andersen, with fairytale magic around every corner. Major Christmas events.
The ARoS Aarhus Art Museum
The ARoS Aarhus Art Museum is one of the largest museums in northern Europe. Its 17,700 m² house galleries with works from the Danish Golden Age right up to the present day, as well as traveling international exhibitions. Indoors at street level you find the ART Café and the ARoS Shop, with its excellent selection of art books and top quality design handicrafts. From the ART Restaurant and the roof, visitors can delight in superb views of the city.
Moesgård Museum is housed in the Moesgård Manor, set in beautiful natural surroundings south of Århus. The museum's permanent exhibition showcases a range of exceptional archaeological finds from Denmark's prehistory. Among the greatest of these treasures is the Grauballe Man, who died more than 2000 years ago and is the world's best preserved peat bog corpse. Major annual events: Moesgård Story Teller Festival, the Viking Moot, the Willow Festival and the Nordic Viking Blacksmith Get-Together.
The Museum of the Occupation 1940-45
Through original exhibitions, photographs and documents, the Occupation Museum portrays both peaceful and dramatic events in Århus during the German occupation from 1940 to1945. The exhibition depicts everyday life with blackouts and rationing, provides a glimpse of the fear felt by the Danish population, and focuses on particular events that took place in Århus during those five years.
The Women's Museum in Denmark
One of the world's few museums devoted to the history of women is found in the former Århus City Hall, which dates from1857. In these historic surroundings the focus is firmly on the lives of women. Motherhood and working life, servitude and learning, submissiveness and revolt, isolation and community are just some of the juxtapositions highlighted in the museum's permanent exhibition entitled "Women's Lives Past and Present", with the main emphasis being on the major changes in women's life and work in the last 200 years.
Medieval Churches - the Cathedral and the Church of Our Lady
Downtown Århus boasts two outstanding churches. The Cathedral was started in 1201 and today it stands as a magnificent Gothic edifice adorned with a great number of frescoes and a beautiful altar-piece from 1479.
The Church of Our Lady was originally part of a Dominican monastery that was turned into a hospital for the poor following the Reformation in 1536. Today the building has three churches: the main Church of Our Lady dating back to 1250, the Crypt dating back to 1060, and the Abbey Church, consecrated in the late 19th century and originally the meeting room of the monastery.
Zen Garden, Denmark's Japanese Garden
Experience a Japanese garden of many dimensions. Explore a Japanese-inspired universe where delicate cameos blend with cozy, historical elements. Trickling brooks, relaxing massage and green tea. The Zen Garden is part of Denmark's Japanese Garden, which also offers indulgence for the body in the form of wellness, top-rated gastronomy and a truly unique shopping paradise.
Marselisborg Palace Park
The palace was finished in 1902 and given to Prince Christian, later King Christian Xth, as a wedding present. Today the Danish royal family uses it as their summer residence. When the Queen and her family are in residence, the changing of the guard takes place daily at 12 noon. The palace park, with the Queen's rose garden, is open to the public when the royal family is not in residence. In the park there is also a fine collection of sculptures and a herb garden.
University of Aarhus
Construction of the University of Aarhus commenced in 1928 and the first building was completed in 1933.The architecture is modern, and immediately anti-monumental as an organic interpretation of the open campus in the centre of the city. The university buildings are set in a valley, and all wings are built in one material only - yellow brick. As a result of mergers between the University of Aarhus, the Institute of Business and Technology in Herning, Aarhus School of Business, the Danish Institute of Agricultural Sciences, the National Environmental Research Institute and the Danish University of Education, there are now 34,000 students enrolled at the university.
Århus City Hall
The City Hall, inaugurated in 1941, was designed by the famous Danish architect Arne Jacobsen. Even though it has celebrated its 50th anniversary, it still stands as a modern, functionalistic building and shows Danish design and architecture at its best. In 1994 the city hall was listed as a preserved building.
ÅrhusCard offers free admission to 20 museums and attractions in Århus. Discount on admission to sights and attractions, activities and restaurants. Travel as you please within the Municipality of Århus on the city and regional buses. With the ÅrhusCard you can experience the history and the culture, you can have an active time together with your kids, you can explore the city and feel its atmosphere. The ÅrhusCard comes with a brochure that gives you a list of all the possibilities. www.aarhuscard.dk
Shop opening times & banking
Shops open weekdays from 9:30 a.m - 5:30 p.m & Sunday 9:30 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
Department stores open weekdays from 9:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m & Saturday from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Shops are open on 10 Sundays a year, otherwise closed.
Supermarkets are open weekdays: 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m & Saturday: 9.00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Banks open weekdays: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m and until 6:00pm Thursday.
Århus is situated on the sea, which means that it has a temperate maritime climate with an average temperature during the summer of about 20°C - July and August being the warmest months. For more detailed information and statistics please visit www.worldweather.org
AarhusAirport, Tirstrup is 40 kilometres from downtown. There are several daily flights to and from Copenhagen plus international services.
Connecting buses to the airport run from the main railway station.
Canals, lakes and the sea dominate the beautiful Copenhagen as a reminder of the city’s heritage as a major Baltic port. Today, Copenhagen has become a large city. Still, it retains a charming small-town atmosphere that is instantly appealing. Enjoy the delicate spires and towers that are typical of the city. And take a break in one of the many parks that make Copenhagen one of Europe’s greenest capitals.
The city centre is full of shops and cozy cafés. And it is easy to get around; Copenhagen offers the world’s longest complex of pedestrian shopping streets and squares.
Just a few minutes’ walk away from the cruise ship pier, visitors are greeted by the royal palace, the home of the world’s oldest monarchy. Here, visitors can enjoy the change of the Royal Guard every day at noon. And not far from the palace square you will find The Little Mermaid sitting on the waterfront. The beautiful sculpture – inspired by a fairy tale of Hans Christian Andersen – can also be enjoyed from the seaside if you go for one of the popular harbour boat trips.
Changing of the Guard - Amalienborg Palace
The Little Mermaid
The world-famous bronze statue inspired by a fairytale by Hans Christian Andersen has become Denmark’s national symbol. It was unveiled at Langelinie on August 23, 1913 as a donation from Brewer Jacobsen (founder of Carlsberg) to the City of Copenhagen.
Situated in the heart of the city, Tivoli has everything a tourist may desire from a fairytale garden: 32 restaurants, 26 amusements, 400,000 flowers, 110,000 lamps, 150 concerts, artiste shows, Tivoli Boys Guard and international stars. And twice weekly, the skies above are illuminated by the famous firework displays.
Royal Copenhagen Retail
Admire the fine porcelain at the Royal Copenhagen retail store on Copenhagen’s main shopping street, Strøget. This street is said to be the longest pedestrian street in the world. Its cobbled streets and squares are lined with musicians, stalls and an abundance of tempting shops.
Langelinie Pier Shopping Centre
If visiting by ship, the cruise vessels berth at the Langelinie Pier just north of the Little Mermaid. Beneath the stone arches of Langelinie’s old warehouses, you’ll find interesting shops and outlet stores that sell porcelain, amber, Danish clogs, jewellery, clothing, and other products.
Discover Copenhagen from the water. The Canal Tours are great fun in the sunshine, but also offers a unique look at Copenhagen on a rainy day. Since 1904, touring the city’s beautiful old buildings and harbour front by boat has been one of Denmark’s most popular sightseeing attractions.
Amber Museum and Shops
In a small charming house built in 1606 – one of the oldest in Copenhagen – you will find the Copenhagen Amber Museum and Shop. The museum holds a private collection of amber antiques and artifacts, including the world’s biggest piece of Baltic amber. One of the main attractions of the museum is the collection of more than 100 pieces of amber with inclusions of insects and plants.
The Amalienborg Castle is the residence of the Danish royal family. It is made up of four almost identical rococo mansions. Many consider the equestrian statue in the middle of the palace square as one of the most distinguished in the world. The change of the Royal Guard every day at noon is a very popular attraction.
Rosenborg Castle is not only a beautiful historic building; it is also a fascinating museum of cultural history, which houses the Crown Jewels and the Danish Crown Regalia. The castle is situated in the lovely King’s Garden.
The National museum
Who are the Danes? The National Museum is Denmark’s largest museum. The museum's main domicile is a classical 18th century mansion just a stone's throw from "Strøget". The museum takes visitors on a journey through the history of Denmark. Visitors can also enjoy The Children’s Museum, Ethnographical Collection, Classical and Near Eastern Antiquities. There is a Museum shop & cozy restaurant.
The Copenhagen Card gives you free entry to more than 60 museums and attractions plus free transport by train, bus and Metro, as well as discounts on many attractions throughout the Greater Copenhagen Region. The Copenhagen Card comes complete with a comprehensive guide including a map of the city and detailed information on more than one hundred museums, sights and services. Up to 2 children under the age of 10 are allowed to accompany each adult cardholder. www.copenhagencard.com
Shop opening hours & banking
Department stores and larger shops:
Weekdays: 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. (on Fridays some shops stay open until 8:00 p.m.)
Saturday: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Selected stores/shops open some Sundays - check locally
Weekdays: 9:30 a.m./10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m./7:00 p.m. (on Fridays some shops stay open until 8:00 p.m.)
Saturday: 9:00/9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m./4:00 p.m./5:00 p.m.
Weekdays: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., extended hours to 6:00 p.m. on Thursdays
Copenhagen enjoys a fairly mild climate similar to that of London or Amsterdam. In July and August, the warmest months, the average daytime temperature is 21°C. February is generally the coldest month, with an average daily temperature of 1°C. For more detailed weather information visit www.worldweather.org
The International Airport is 10 minutes by train from Central Station, 30 minutes by tax from city centre. Taxis, The Metro, shuttles, buses and limousines are available.
The twin towns of Elsinore in Denmark and Helsingborg in Sweden, facing each other across the straits of the Sound at the narrowest point, mark the gateway to the Baltic Sea.
Elsinore is a busy tourist and commercial centre linked by a thriving fleet of ferries to Helsingborg, four kilometers across the waters of the Sound.
Passengers who come ashore in Elsinore are delighted with a visit to Kronborg Castle, made famous by Shakespeare as Elsinore Castle - home to Hamlet. The church of St. Mary, the shops, restaurants and museums are all within sight of the quay. A tour into the surrounding countryside will give the guest the opportunity to visit royal castles, the Louisiana modern art museum and the Karen Blixen museum. A 20 minute ferry ride takes visitors to Helsingborg, where Kärnan castle guards over the city.
Floodlit Kronborg Castle
Kronborg, Hamlet's Castle
The imposing castle is the landmark of Elsinore. It was built between 1574-85 in Dutch Renaissance style. The baronial hall, chapel and casemates are worthy of special mention. The castle is famous as the backdrop for the famous English poet William Shakespeare's drama about the Danish Prince Hamlet.
Open daily from May to September, closed on Mondays from October to April.
Denmark's Technical Museum
The oldest technical museum in Scandinavia presents a collection of international class including steam engines, inventions, electric appliances, bicycles, veteran cars and 30 aircraft, included the first Danish airplane.
Open daily year round. www.tekniskmuseum.dk
Danish Maritime Museum at Kronborg Castle
The museum has exhibitions on the Danish merchant fleet, the history of navigation to Greenland and the Danish West Indies.
Open daily from May to September, closed on Mondays from October to April.
The new Øresund Aquarium reveals marine life with a particular focus on the Sound. Open daily year round. www.oresundsakvariet.ku.dk
The Church of St. Mary
Built as a part of the late medieval Carmelite Monastery, consecrated to the Virgin Mary. The church is decorated with recently restored murals from around 1480-90. In the church you will also find the remarkable baroque organ, on which Dietrich Buxtehude played from 1660 to 1668.
Open Monday-Saturday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 noon year round.
Louisiana Museum of Modern Art
Situated on the coast of the Sound, the museum has uniquely combined a site of exceptional nature, outstanding architecture and a world-class art collection form the 20th century. Open daily year round. www.louisiana.dk
The Karen Blixen Museum
Birthplace and residence of the Danish writer Karen Blixen/Isak Dinesen (1885-1962), exhibition rooms with collections of books and paintings, bookshop, film room and café. Open daily except Mondays from May to September, and except Mondays and Tuesdays from October to April. www.isak-dinesen.dk
Shop opening hours shopping & banking
Shops: Monday - Thursday: to 5:30 p.m.,
Supermarkets: Open daily to 8:00 p.m. except Friday to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday to 2:00 p.m.
Banks: Monday - Friday: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. But Thursday: 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Danish currency can be drawn from 24-hour open cash dispenser outside the banks using your international credit card.
Mild winters, warm and sunny summers. For more detailed weather information visit www.worldweather.org
Copenhagen is the closest international airport and is approximatelt 50 kilometres from Elsinore with connections to all the capitals in Scandinavia and to a wide choice of international destinations.
Trains to Copenhagen Airport depart 3 times an hour. The travel time is approximately 1 hour. There is no bus connection and by car it takes approximately 1 hour.
Korsør is located at the foot of the Great Belt Bridge, which connects the eastern and western parts of Denmark. This impressive Baltic Sea port is also the key to a day full of wonderful experiences - from here, large parts of Denmark are accessible, from charming Jutland to the west to the pulsating capital city of Copenhagen to the east.
In Korsør - as well as in the neighboring cities Slagelse and Skælskør - the typical, authentic city environs with histories stretching back to the Middle Ages are to be found. The twisting, narrow streets, small squares and beautiful, historic houses form a charming backdrop for genuine Danish hygge, or coziness. From here you can even meet the Vikings - or you can follow in the footsteps of fairy-tale writer Hans Christian Andersen.
Great Belt Bridge
1998 the Great Belt Bridge opened, replacing the ferries that have transported passengers over the Great Belt for hundreds of years. This tour starts with a visit to Revspidsen, Halsskov Point, the coastal point from which the impressive bridge can be viewed, and the guide will describe the building process.
Go to Borreby, Gavnoe and Holsteinborg Castle, which the fairytale author Hans Christian Andersen often visited and end the day in the medieval fortress in Korsoer.
In Slagelse - the main city in Slagelse Municipality, with 76,000 inhabitants - there are a couple of larger shopping malls and several to small speciality shops, cozy squares and narrow streets. Here you will also find the Royal Danish Guard Hussar Regiment, which is frequently riding through Slagelse.
Viking settlement Trelleborg, an encampment from around the year 980. Continue to Roskilde where the Viking Ship Museum can be visited.
Shop opening hours shopping & banking
Shops: Monday - Thursday: 9.30 am - 5.30 pm, Friday: 9.30 am - 6 pm
Saturday: 9.30 am - 1 pm.
Supermarkets: Monday - Friday: 9.30 am. - 8 pm. Saturday: 9 am. - 5 pm.
Sunday: 9 am. - 4 pm.
Banks: Mon-Fri: 10 am. - 4 pm.
Korsør enjoy a fairly mild climate similar to that of London or Amsterdam. July and August are the warmest months, and the Great Belt coast is blessed with more sunshine on average than most other areas of Denmark. For more detailed information visit www.worldweather.org
Direct connection from the Railway Station to Copenhagen International Airport - travel time approximately 1 hour 30 min. Same travel time by bus.
RØNNE, ISLAND OF BORNHOLM
Rønne Harbour, at the foot of St Nicolai Church is the biggest and busiest one of Bornholm, frequented by ferries, fishing boats, cargo vessels and cruise ships. In Rønne there are many fine half-timbered houses but in between you see the more recent "bomb houses" of red or yellow bricks, which were built as replacement for the many houses, which the Russian bombed in May 1945.
Bornholm is a unique part of Denmark – a jewel in the Scandinavian crown. Bornholm is waves, paving stones, smoked herrings and round churches. The beautiful island is Scandinavia gathered in one place with forests, beaches, cliffs and authentic idyllic fairytale towns along the coast with an atmosphere that has attracted a great number of artists to come and live there. But the sunshine island is also made for holidays. Thousands of tourists, guests and artists have travelled towards the special light, the culture, the history, the sights and the dramatic landscapes of Bornholm to find peace and tranquility.
Bornholm has it all – in only 587 square kilometres: Ceramics, glass and paintings, gastronomic treats, cultural events and a huge variety of nature. Port of Rønne welcomes you with open arms so – take a break and experience for your selves why seven out of ten return to this fantasy island in the middle of the Baltic Sea. www.bornholm.info
Bornholm’s Art Museum
The architecture of the museum is an attraction in itself. Bornholm’s Art Museum houses a permanent collection of works of art and crafts with a relation to Bornholm. Among the works in the collection are paintings by Kristian Zahrtmann, Michael Ancher, Karl Isakson, Oluf Høst and Richard Mortensen. Bornholm’s Art Museum is close to “Helligdomsklipperne” in one of Denmark’s most beautiful, spectacular landscabes – well worth an excursion in itself.
Experience a unique part of Denmark over 1.7 billion years. Enjoy the trip back in the time machine and meet dinosaurs, trilobites and live crocodiles.
Oluf Høst Museum
Experience the works of art by painter and native Oluf Høst in the surroundings where he created them. And enjoy the afternoon tea in the beautiful rock garden behind the museum.
One of the largest castle ruins in Northern Europe. For almost five centuries the castle was centre stage for a bloody, dramatic era of Bornholm’s history. Experience its unique atmosphere and the fabulous view. And visit the Hammershus Exhibition near the ruins.
Østerlars Round Church
The four characteristic round churches, Østerlarskirke, Olskirke, Nykirke and Nylarskirke are built on the longitudinal basilican plan in the Romanesque style have been preserved from the middle Ages.
The garden museum Erichsens Gård
In the fine old street Laksegade, you find the garden museum Erichsens Gård. Here, you can smell and taste the old-fashioned life of the middle-class of Bornholm at the end of the 19th century. Behind the door, you find a living furnished middle-class house where you bake bread on the wood-burning stove, tint yarn with plants, make mustard, bake pancakes and as a guest you can taste the past. The garden is a sense experience in itself - a nice old garden of the province with flowers and herbs, which we seldom see or smell today.
The Ceramics Museum
The old Hjorths Fabrik, was the leading producer of design and stoneware of Bornholm dating back to 1859. Today, you still work in the old workshops according to old methods. With all your senses, you can experience people and clay interplay through the working process. And if you want to feel a fine material of Bornholm in your hands, also when you get home, you can buy the beautiful products in the museum shop.
Baltic Sea Glass
Glassblowers who combine glass art and craft work to the highest quality.
Town of Gudhjem
The streets of Gudhjem are so steep towards the harbour that it is prohibited to cycle - down the hill. Gudhjem is the most peculiar skerries town of Bornholm. See for yourself how the red tiled roofs, the vigorous gardens and the grey cliffs are draped dramatically around the cliff harbour.
Old town of Rønne
For many years Rønne has been the cultural capital of the island.
Take a walk on the cobblestones in the quiet streets of the old part of the town behind the church. Here, there are many fine half-timbered houses.
St. Torv is the living centre of Rønne. Originally, the market place was a drill ground for the military, but today this is the place where guests and locals gather around the fountain, the granite sculpture and in the cafés. Rønne offers many restaurants and cafés and several hotels.
Shop opening hours & banking
Shops open weekdays 9:30 a.m - 5:30 p.m and Saturday 9:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m.
Supermarkets open weekdays 9:00 a.m - 7:00 p.m & Saturday 9:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday: selected supermarkets open.
Banks open weekdays: 10:00 a.m - 4:00 p.m
The island of Bornholm has a temperate, insular climate. On average, from April through September Bornholm enjoys more hours of sunshine than anywhere else in Denmark. On average, Bornholm enjoys 1580 hours of sunshine a year, compared to 1475 hours for the rest of the country. For more detailed information and statistics visit www.worldweather.org
The airport is 5 kilometres from Rønne, with several daily flights to/from Copenhagen. Flying time is 30 minutes.
The monetary unit in Denmark, the Faroe Islands and Greenland is the Danish krone. 1 krone = 100 øre. For the latest exchange rates visit www.xe.com
ATMs are commonly found at banks throughout Denmark. Major credit cards are widely accepted.
For up to date visa requirements visit: www.projectvisa.com
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